vape_vs_smokeA recent study done by Penn State University in December 2014 found electronic cigarettes to be less addictive than traditional cigarettes. This is excellent news because it gives credit to a theory e-cigarette users have long suspected, and experienced firsthand. Scientific research is always a great thing, however, as legit credibility in this industry is an absolute necessity.

Among the many benefits of vaping, the level of control users have over their smoking habit is one the best. Compared to traditional cigarettes, which are pretty straightforward in their inability to offer control options and variety, The digital version allow users so many different ways to set limits for themselves, and mindfully keep tabs on their usage.

Traditional cigarettes are typically started and finished in one sitting. Most smokers will consume the entire cigarette because they are paying quite a lot for them, and wasting is not economical. In upwards of $8 a pack, tossing half your cigarettes does not make sense, does it? (That would be a healthier way to go, but still not ideal for those who actually smoke). With vapor, this question and uncertainty of waste never comes into play because users have the ability to control how much liquid they use per vape session. They can stop and start at any time, without question of wasting. Two puffs enough? Don’t take anymore!

In the study done by Penn State published on December 9, 2014, 3600 e-cigarette smokers took a survey of 158 questions. The basis of these questions was to examine their experiences with occurrences such as cravings, frequency of use of cigarettes, and withdrawal symptoms. Here are some of the findings:

  • 86% of cigarette smokers reported a range of extremely strong, very strong and strong urges to smoke cigarettes, while with vapers, the same urge to smoke was only 12% according to responses.
  • 41% of smokers had experienced cravings so strong they woke at night to smoke, while only 7% of the e-smokers had experienced the same level of urgency.
  • 92% of smokers reported irritability when unable to smoke, while only 26% of the e-smokers reported similar irritability when unable to vape.
  • 90% of smokers reported withdrawal symptoms, with only 30% of vapers reported the same feelings of withdrawal.

While such a study does have the potential to produce somewhat inaccurate results, a spokesperson from the American lung Association commented that the findings seemed very much “legitimate, thorough, and balanced.”

This study was not the only one done on the subject, however. Two others were done, one study done in 2013 and another more recently in February 2015, both producing similar results, further adding evidence to the argument on the effectiveness, usefulness, and benefit of electronic cigarettes. While vapers have long stood by these occurrences, having seen it for themselves, scientific research and “proof” adds credibility to the continuous anti – e-cig cry that there is no evidence on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes.